Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Who won Darrelle Revis' contract battle?
By Tim Graham
ESPN "First Take" debate maven Skip Bayless took on Sirius Satellite host Bomani Jones about whether the New York Jets or cornerback Darrelle Revis won their resolved contract dispute.
Jones sided with Revis.
"He gets $32 million guaranteed," Jones said. "He avoids going to training camp, and we're going into a lockout with an uncertain labor situation, and he will get the money that he wanted to hold out for. He didn't have to do it for a full year like his Uncle Sean Gilbert did before [with the Washington Redskins in 1997]. ... I can't see how he's anything but the winner."
Bayless viewed the situation much differently.
"Darrelle Revis lost badly here," Bayless said. "When the GM of the Jets [Mike Tannenbaum] says 'It was a great deal for Darrelle but a responsible deal for the Jets,' that's advantage: team. And remember: If it was all about holding out for Nnamdi Asomugha kind of money, I think he lost terribly.
"The fact that Rex Ryan flew down and talked to Darrelle in Miami had to really set off his agents. I can't believe they signed off on that because I think it gave the team a big advantage."